Black Lab Biography
The Alternative-Rock project Black Lab was formed in 1997 by lead singer + guitarist & songwriter Paul Durham following the split of his previous band. Durham grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho USA, before moving to San Francisco to pursue his passion for musical invention. He recorded and toured with a group of friends under the moniker Durham; the band broke up after just one album, but a deal with Geffen Records followed. Paul Durham then recruited guitarist Michael Belfer, bassist Geoff Stanfield and drummer Bryan Head to form Black Lab.
In October 1997, the quartet released their debut album, "Your Body Above Me"; it reached the top 20 of the Billboard's Heatseekers chart producing "Wash It Away" which peaked at #6 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks and at #13 on The Modern Rock chart; the second single, "Time Ago", also managed to crack the top 30 of the Billboard's Rock airplay charts.
Over the next two years, Durham left his band, fired his manager and moved to Los Angeles where he teamed-up with multi-instrumentalist Andy Ellis. The long awaited sophomore release from Black Lab was self-released in October 2005, the CD titled "See The Sun", featured "Learn To Crawl" which was tapped as the fourth track on the platinum "Spider-Man" soundtrack.
Five years in the making, 2007's "Passion Leaves A Trace" found Black Lab returning to the experimental edge of their critically acclaimed Geffen debut; the disc included the single "This Night".
Though the band performed with a revolving door line-up, Durham and Ellis remained the core of Black Lab who issued "Two Strangers", its fourth album of original material, in October 2010.